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Afghan Mi-17 crashes in Jaghatu

An Afghan Air Force-operated Mil Mi-17/17V-5 'Hip-H' heavy-lift tactical transport helicopter crashed during the night of June 8-9 in the Jaghatu district of Afghanistan’s Maidan Wardak province, following a technical malfunction

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Save The Skymaster aims to return historic aircraft to British skies

It came to Britain to star in Candy Bomber, a film that was never made, but now an ambitious project aims to return a historic Douglas C-54 Skymaster to British skies. Charles Woodley outlines the plans and details the machine’s remarkable career

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Trophy WINNER

Ninety years ago, Britain clinched the prestigious Schneider Trophy at Calshot. Ken Ellis pays homage to a unique aeronautical time capsule

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Pictures from France Field

In the late 1920s the small air service field adjacent to the Panama Canal hosted the likes of Charles Lindbergh and the Pan American Goodwill Flight. Bill Cahill shares pictures from the collection of CWO Lawrence Rush

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White Waltham to give customers a flight in a Harvard alongside Hawker Hurricane R4118

An exciting opportunity at White Waltham will give customers a flight in a Harvard alongside Hawker Hurricane R4118. Darren Harbar visited the airfield to witness the first test of this new proposition

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Fiddler on the Roof (of the world)

As the Tupolev Tu-128 ‘Fiddler’ celebrates 60 years, Sérgio Santana describes the type’s operation from a pilot’s perspective

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Kings of the Air

Andrew Thomas reflects on the long and gallant service of 36 Squadron, an RAF unit that literally fought to the last man

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Royal Australian Air Force turns 100

It is now officially 100 years old, but the seeds of what became the Royal Australian Air Force were sown before the Great War...

VelocityOne Flight Simulation Control System Coming this Summer

Turtle Beach Corporation has announced its entry into gaming simulation hardware with the VelocityOne Flight Simulation Control System.

Turkmenistan receives first C-27J Spartan

The Turkmenistan Air Force has received the first of an undisclosed number of Leonardo C-27J Spartan Next Generation (NG) tactical transports, following its arrival in-country on June 6

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FlyPast August 2021

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Analysis: The Stobart Air story and how it collapsed

Known most in recent years for operating Aer Lingus Regional flights, Stobart Air collapsed over the weekend leaving passengers stranded and almost 500 jobs at risk. Key.Aero details the story of the little known 50-year-old carrier and examines how it got to this position

USAF retires final OC-135B following Open Skies withdrawal

The USAF formally retired the second and final Boeing OC-135B photo observation aircraft on June 4, following a ceremony at Lincoln Airport in Nebraska, which is serving as the temporary home of the 55th Wing’s 45th RS

10 classic British naval aircraft of World War II

The Fleet Air Arm played a pivotal role during World War II – these were some of the Royal Navy’s most formidable flying machines

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Finland issues F/A-18 sustainment tenders

Finland issued a series of tenders as part of an ongoing sustainment efforts to maintain the current fleet of 62 F/A-18 Hornets

Air Warrior Podcast Episode 5

As rivals to Rafale mull fast jet secondhand offerings and the US hits an unmanned aviation first, Air Warrior Podcast host Richard Thomas chats with freelance defence journalist Alexander Mladenov on the venerable Mi-24 attack helicopter as the type nears 50 years in military service

WATCH: The Tiger Nine Formation Team (starring two ex-Concorde pilots!)

Jeff Milsom from the Tiger Nine Display Team chats to Key.Aero about the pilot’s ‘audition’ process, and the similarities between the Tiger Moth and a crisp packet…

Sierra Nevada wins KC-130J Harvest HAWK Plus contract

Sierra Nevada Corporation has been selected by NAVAIR to support the installation of the Harvest Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) onto two USMC-operated Lockheed Martin KC-130J tactical tanker-transports

Microsoft Flight Simulator Coming to Xbox

Asobo Studio has announced Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming to the Xbox Series X|S and with Xbox Game Pass on July 27.

Tornado F3 Takes Flight in Prepar3D

Just Flight has announced the Tornado F3 for Prepar3D v4/v5 has been released.

Germany ends 14-year Tornado/Heron recon mission in Afghanistan

The German Air Force’s Tactical Air Force Wing 51 ‘Immelmann’ has marked the end of an era, following the cessation of the unit’s 14-year-long reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan

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Airports of the World Issue 96 - July-August 2021

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Airports of the World Jul/Aug 21: UK Visitors

We present a selection of images of visiting aircraft from airports around the UK...

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Snapshot: The heart and Seoul of South Korea

Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport is the second gateway to the South Korean capital after Incheon and home to a majority of domestic links, including the world’s busiest air route. We join Peter Apsey for an October 2019 visit...

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How airports are recouping COVID losses

During March and April of this year, a £5 charge for vehicles dropping off passengers at both of Gatwick’s North and South Terminals was introduced. Are operators really this strapped for cash? Tara Craig examines how some gateways are recouping the dramatic losses of 2020

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